Upperclassmen to Underclassmen: Advice for Your Years in High School

High school marks a huge transitional period in life. With all the change that is coming on the first day when you walk through the door, it’s completely understandable that underclassmen might be overwhelmed with the big picture of high school for the next four years. However, coming from an upperclassmen standpoint, there are so many things I wish I’d known about the high school experience now that it’s close to over. For me, high school has certainly been one of the most memorable times of my life. Even though there are hard moments with classes or procrastinating, overcoming the challenges is rewarding and has proven to be beneficial in the long run. Below is a list of advice from CBNA upperclassmen and alumni who hope to pass their now-known knowledge to the next group of incoming students.

“Joining clubs and getting to know the faculty is still the best part of my CBNA experience!”

Being part of at least one club is key to being involved in the CBNA community. Participation in several different kinds of clubs helps you to have a connection with other people who share the same bond as you reveal life skills that can be used in the future. Knowing your teachers is also an important part of making high school memorable. They are the people that are definitely qualified to help you the most and have the skills in a large amount of different topics.

“I would have taken more time to hang out with friends even if it was late on a school night.”

Believe it or not, high school is not just all about work and getting grades to get accepted into a college if that’s what your future goal is. Sometimes, taking a little bit of “me time” to do some of your favorite hobbies. Friendships in high school honestly do last a lifetime and finding several awesome groups of people to be around is a great way to spend your time too. Making memories with them is important and it’s the little things that go a long way. Sometimes it’s midnight trips to the movie theater and attempting to sneak ice cream and pizza in that mean the most with your friends.

“Get your homework done and turn it in because it is worth so much of grades.”

And going off of the advice from before, still always do your homework. School comes first. The classes at CBNA can be hard, but doing the work in a timely manner can prevent stress and possible consequences down the road. Getting into the habit of doing your work can help you be task oriented in your future job. Take advantage of your study halls and ask teachers for extra help (they’re always happy to!). There’s also resources like math lab and writing center that can give you an extra understanding to be successful. And always study for quizzes and tests.

“Go the Tech route. Take classes that taught life skills and would prepare me for the military or a career that involved a hands on skill. That is where the money is and the skills kids learn have a practical use in everyday life.”

There are so many different types of life skills classes at CBNA that are available to anyone starting sophomore year. The central focus of these classes is to learn something new that can be applied to everyday life. Woodworking, ag tech, and fine arts are just examples of courses that can further develop skills that can be applied in the future.

“Worry less & enjoy more! You’re always stressed about that next chapter, be it college or work, instead of living in the moment & appreciating this time in life! Also, get more involved to experience various clubs & sports to see what you like most.”

Worrying about your future path can sometimes stand in the way of enjoying your time in high school. Appreciating the time you have and surrounding yourself with your friends is so important because high school does fly by so fast. It’s sad to think about, but graduation is the most emotional night of the year because it means the end of life at CBNA, but starting the next chapter. It’s hard to say goodbye to students and faculty. During the whole year, really spend the time being with friends and participating in several CBNA events. In the big picture of it all, high school is preparation for the future, and CBNA helps all of their students be the best that they can.

Lauren Best